THE RIGHT TO OPENLY DISCUSS IDEAS MUST BE DEFENDED
I am a photographer from Cambridge, UK. I come from a fairly liberal background - taking great interest in alternative subcultures and lifestyles as a young teenager and going on to pursue a career in fashion photography. I went on to live in London for 10 years. I was working as a photographic retoucher and freelance photographer until 2016, when the US elections and Brexit became a key focus for me above all else.
I soon found myself in a volatile political and social environment which became impossible to ignore. I became increasingly worried about normalised political violence and the erosion of the freedom to express oneself.
I began my journey into political activism by attending events for Black Lives Matter and Sisters Uncut. Unsatisfied with the tactics and principles of these groups, I became disillusioned, growing a strong interest in the growing right wing & populist movements - who I found to be much more tolerant and accepting of opposing viewpoints, as well as being more willing to engage in dialogue.
During this time I felt as though our Government was not able to control the threat of radical Islamic terrorism which we were becoming accustomed to, and that valuable information to consider about the religion of Islam was being under-reported by the mainstream media to avoid causing offense.
I felt this was unacceptable, and that saving lives and preventing future attacks should have been the priority when reporting on these incidents.
I began working for Tommy Robinson (via The Rebel Media) as a camerawoman and producer in 2017 alongside Caolan Robertson and George Llewelyn-John. During this time I have travelled across the UK as well as Europe, and I have had first hand experience of the movement for two years.
After a public disagreement in May 2018 over the Day for Freedom event in Whitehall, Tommy Robinson and I parted ways professionally. I am currently working for myself and am on the lookout for new collaborators for future projects.
“The State of the UK” | Undoomed
“Discordia Rising” | Nick Margerrison pt.1
“Discordia Rising” | Nick Margerrison pt.2
“Police continuing to investigate after activist Tommy Robinson and his camerawoman Lucy Brown attacked” | talkRADIO
“Londoners host ‘Welcome Trump’ party in Hammersmith Pub” | talkRADIO
“Woman Attacked by Antifascists” | The Alex Jones Show
“Former Tommy Robinson Aide Scared for her Safety” - Maajid Nawaz | LBC
“Tommy Robinson Winds Up Bigots and The Cash Flows In” - Andrew Gilligan | The Sunday Times
“Milleneyule 2018” | Millennial Woes
“What’s it like inside Team Tommy Robinson?” - Mike Graham | TalkRADIO
“Idiots React to Man With Sign” | Paul Joseph Watson INFOWARS
The Trump Arms
President Donald Trump announced that he would be finally making his first official trip to the United Kingdom on the 13th July 2018.
A team of people including myself quickly assembled to put together an event to celebrate his trip. The aim was to provide a positive and night out for his supporters in Britain. Pub owner Damien Smyth was kind enough to let us use his venue, based in West London.
The story of The Trump Arms was quickly picked up by mainstream media outlets including BBC, RT, Private Eye, TIME Magazine, TALKRadio, The Daily Mail, Newsweek, Breitbart, The Independent and more.
President Trump mentioned the event in an exclusive interview with The Sun in which he called it ‘wonderful’, adding ‘I love those people. Those are my people.’
Video credit: RT / BBC / CNN
The Day For Freedom was started by Tommy Robinson in response to his social media account being deleted after a comment he made about the religion of Islam.
He originally intended to organise a march to Twitter headquarters in London, however the response to the event was so large that we had to move the location to Whitehall, London.
Tommy put out a statement on the run up which read:
"We decided to focus our efforts on making sure we pull off a large scale, credible event. So we won't be marching - instead we have an incredible line-up of speakers, performers, videos and content to offer on the day. We want to make May 6 the biggest Free Speech demonstration the UK has seen so please, help us make it happen."
Thousands of people attended on the day - with a march organised by the FLA and DFLA from Speakers Corner. A small counter-protest was held by members of Anti-Fa and other left-wing groups.
Our intention with the event was to bring together pro free speech advocates and organise a positive day of both entertainment and cultural pushback against the encroaching speech laws and restrictions being introduced up and down the country, as well as to boost the morale and to bring awareness of the issues being raised.
Speakers included Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McIness, Anne Marie Waters, Raheem Kassam, Liam Tuffs, Sargon of Akkad, Count Dankula, Vanity Von Glow and more. Lauren Southern also gave a pre-recorded speech which was broadcasted to the crowd via screen.
Overall the day was a success and we created a memorable event which even was praised by left-wing outlets afterwards for it’s production value. It brought many free speech advocates together, as well as those who came to watch and enjoy the day. We achieved this with a team of just four - and a lot of hard work and effort.
Thanks again to all who donated and who came out in support.
Photo credits: Oneal Thomas and Incmonocle